Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,
Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC)
chemoelectric

Lisa Simpson did the right thing to stay with her family when God tried to Rapture her

Perhaps this lesson explains why:

‘These two tablets are parallel and equal: duties to G-d are not more important than duties to people, nor are duties to people more important than duties to G-d. However, if one must choose between fulfilling an obligation to G-d and fulfilling an obligation to a person, or if one must prioritize them, Judaism teaches that the obligation to a person should be fulfilled first. This principle is supported by the story in Genesis 18, where Abraham is communing with G-d and interrupts this meeting to fulfill the mitzvah of providing hospitality to strangers (the three men who appear). The Talmud gives another example, disapproving of a man who, engrossed in prayer, would ignore the cries of a drowning man. When forced to choose between our duties to a person and our duties to G-d, we must pursue our duties to the person, because the person needs our help, but G-d does not need our help.’

( http://www.jewfaq.org/10.htm )

In any case, Lisa made the right choice (with her father’s assistance, of course), even though it meant an eternity of coleslaw with pineapple in it. I fear I might not be so brave as to make the same choice, or worse that I would be denied the opportunity to choose.

I do worry about the end of the world, surprisingly often. I expect it to come in billions of years, due to nova, but I have obsessive-compulsive disorder and the projected time span isn’t adequately distracting.
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